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Blame Ron Rolston For The Toronto/Buffalo Brawl

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

But the guy who really deserves NHL sanctions for all that ensued?

Try Ron Rolston, the Sabres coach.

A U.S. college guy, no less, who has spent most of his time playing and coaching hockey in leagues where full face-masks are worn and fighting means immediate ejection.

Rolston, after seeing Corey Tropp decide to start a fight with apprenticing Leaf tough guy Jamie Devane and end up groggy and beaten up for his efforts, responded as though it was Devane who had attacked his player and sent out the aforementioned Scott, who for years now has taken up NHL roster spots because he is 6-foot-8 and a fighter of moderate ability.

It was the classic tap on the shoulder, the "and-don't-dance" wordless missive from the coach.

Rolston wanted revenge, so he sent out Scott. Leaf coach Randy Carlyle didn't want any part of it, so he sent out his best forwards, believing the "code" - enforcers aren't supposed to go after non-combatants - would defuse the situation.

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J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Man do I hate agreeing with Damien Cox.

Although the vitriolic homerism evident here is something I don’t agree with.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/23/13 at 11:32 AM ET

shanetx's avatar

.Rolston wanted revenge, so he sent out Scott. Leaf coach Randy Carlyle didn’t want any part of it, so he sent out his best forwards, believing the “code” - enforcers aren’t supposed to go after non-combatants - would defuse the situation.  ]

This hasn’t worked properly on years., certainly not since the heyday of the Pronger-Anaheim teams redefined the way to be thuggish-yet-great.  All Carlyle did was ensure his stars were going to get roughed up.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 09/23/13 at 03:05 PM ET

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